THE GREAT WHITE SHARK SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"This appreciative introduction to a much-maligned species will thrill readers while it encourages them to see great white sharks in a new way. (maps, bibliography, Web resources, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
"They're laid back. They're calm. They're beautiful." Read full book review >
THE FIRST LAST DAY by Dorian Cirrone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"A light book that deftly plumbs some pretty dark depths. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This novel makes a convincing case that all time-travel stories are really stories about death and immortality. Read full book review >

WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME by Paul Griffin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Entrancing, magical, tragic, and uplifting. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A former foster child deals with love and loss and love again. Read full book review >
EVERY SINGLE SECOND by Tricia  Springstubb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"With an engaging protagonist, a fast-moving story, important themes subtly conveyed, and touches of humor, this is a richly layered story that will have wide appeal. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Nella's worldview widens amid a tangle of emotions in this coming-of-age exploration of time and change. Read full book review >
GRAYLING'S SONG by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite her self-doubt, Grayling is cut from the same cloth as the author's other sturdy heroines, but she is also an entirely original and endearing character that readers will cheer on as she seeks to save her mother and return her world to rights. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A timid young girl must venture out into the wider world in an effort to find allies and save her mother from malignant magic. Read full book review >

ELEVEN AND HOLDING by Mary Penney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Lively, funny, tender without being syrupy, and full of life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Since Macy's Iraq War-veteran father left the family to work on a "special project," it seems like nothing is really right in her life. Read full book review >
FIVE TIMES REVENGE by Lindsay  Eland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"This big, fast-moving tale of students who unite to take a stand against bullies and find friendship in the process is a keeper. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Five middle school students come together to orchestrate the downfall of a school bully. Read full book review >
THE BEST WORST THING by Kathleen Lane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"A tender, sober portrait of a middle schooler with OCD. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Scary things are happening, but Maggie can protect everyone if she gets her ritualized recitations right. Read full book review >
NEW FRIENDS by Michelle Misra
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"With its simplistic plotting and cardboard characterization, this series opener is less than heavenly. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Mean girls and magic at a school for aspiring guardian angels. Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH WISH by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Hopeful, empathetic, and unusually enlightening. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this novel-length riff on "The Fisherman and His Wife," when Charlie goes ice fishing with pal Drew and his nana, she catches a fish who says it will grant her wishes in return for its release. Read full book review >
OEDIPUS by Yvan Pommaux
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"A well-wrought and edifying adaptation. (Graphic mythology. 8-12)"
Reimagined through a hybrid picture-book/comics lens, Oedipus meets his cataclysmic fate. Read full book review >
NADIA by Karlin Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"Poised for the 2016 Summer Games, this pays a respectful, 40th-anniversary tribute to Comaneci's soaring achievements. (afterward, timeline, quotation sources, selected bibliography, websites, two photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Gray presents the childhood of the sensational Romanian gymnast who, at age 14, won five medals at the 1976 Olympics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >